Parsifal

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Program and cast

Conductor: Balázs Kocsár
Amfortas: Michele Kalmandy
Titurel: István Rácz
Gurnemanz: András Palerdi
Parsifal: István Kovácsházi, Peter Seiffert
Klingsor: Károly Szemerédy
Kundry: Andrea Szántó
Old Kundry: Judit Németh
First page: Eszter Zavaros
Second page: Anna Csenge Fürjes
Third page: Tivadar Kiss
Fourth page: Barna Bartos univ. stud.
I/1st flower-maiden: Lilla Horti
I/2nd flower-maiden: Ildikó Megyimórecz
I/3rd flower-maiden: Lusine Sahakyan
II/1st flower-maiden: Beatrix Fodor
II/2nd flower-maiden: Sárközi Xénia
II/3rd flower-maiden: Melinda Heiter
Parsifal's Mother / A Voice from above: Gabriella Balga
First Grail knight: József Mukk
Second Grail knight: András Káldi Kiss
The young Parsifal: Benjámin Taba
Young Parsifal: Kóbor Demeter
The child Parsifal: Milos Katonka
Flower-maidens: Bea Egyed

Erkel Theatre

Opened in 1911 originally, the Erkel Theatre is Hungary’s largest theatre building. Its history is intertwined with the golden age of Hungarian opera performance, with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Éva Marton and Grace Bumbry all having graced the stage of a building whose acoustics are considered the stuff of opera legend.

After being shuttered up for more than five years with its fate in doubt following closure in 2007, the Hungarian government last year provided 1.7 billion forints in grants for the theatre’s renewal, allowing the Hungarian State Opera to renovate the Erkel Theatre to a standard suitable for holding performances.

Much of the refurbishments took place behind the scenes, with soloist and shared dressing rooms and common areas refitted and expanded. In addition, the stage’s technical equipment has undergone significant modernisation, while the building’s service systems (water, plumbing, heating and ventilation) have also been brought up to date.

Audiences will now step into an auditorium with a completely new look, while every effort was made to ensure that the building's fantastic acoustic properties remained unchanged. A factor that will greatly increase comfort is the modern ventilation system installed in the seating area. Although the number of seats has been reduced from 1,935 to 1,819 by refitting the rows of seats for more comfort, the theatre nevertheless retains its rank as the highest capacity theatre in Hungary – and in Eastern Central Europe.

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